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Manchester High School for Girls

STUDENTS GET THEIR THINKING CAPS ON FOR EXPERT BRAIN DAY

Psychology students at Manchester High School for Girls got their thinking caps on 8th February as they welcomed Dr Guy Sutton, an expert in neuroscience at the University of Nottingham, to host the School’s first ‘Brain Day’.

Talking Senior Sixth students through current studies and exciting breakthroughs in the field of neuroscience, Dr Sutton explained how the different anatomical areas of the brain link to human behaviour. He also focused on the damaged brain and how abnormalities can result in mental health conditions, such as Schizophrenia, and even lead to criminality.

The highlight of the day was when students were able to get ‘hands on’ and dissect a sheep’s brain.

17-year-old Safia said: “It turns out that a sheep and human brain are scarily similar! We do have brain models here in School but being able to work with the real thing has certainly taken my level of understanding up a notch.”

Miss Sarah Hadley, Psychology teacher at Manchester High School for Girls, commented: “Psychology is a popular choice for our A-level students; the skills they pick up in a Psychology lesson are sought-after in business, management, teaching, research and the medical professions. Basically any job that requires interaction with people!

“While it is popular, that’s not to say the course isn’t challenging, hence why we like to bring in the experts here at Manchester High. People like Dr Sutton are at the cutting-edge of their field and discussing concepts and ideas with them produces a higher level of engagement and understanding among our students.”

Manchester High School for Girls was ranked by The Times as having the highest percentage of A* to B grades at A-level in the North West. The School is welcoming applications for admissions into its Sixth Form for September 2017.